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Batam Still Tense Over Workers Demonstrations

Written By Kepri Online on Friday, November 25, 2011 | 18:28

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Situation in Batam, Riau Islands province, Friday (25/11) still tense following violent workers demonstrations on Wednesday (23/11)-Thursday (24/11).

Since Friday morning, the Riau Islands Regional Police officers assisted military personnel still maintain strict number of industrial estates in Batam to prevent further demonstrations.

Industrial area that is still heavily guarded by police and military as Batamindo Industrial Area and Panbil Mukakuning.

Hundreds of PT Nutune workers in Batamindo out of their place of work, being sent home to avoid the subsequent riots.

The company's employees sent home because workers are rumored to be re-held a demonstration.

Meanwhile, the Office of Batam Mayor which on Thursday became the center of the demonstration is also guarded by police not to return to target anarchy.

Portal kepri.antaranews.com reported as many as 17 people were arrested by police for allegedly working as a provocateur so it lasts anarchist rallies.

Five people were arrested at the Panasonic Complex workers, Sincom Batam Industrial Zone, the rest were arrested at several roadside.

Police arrested a worker, Pt at the edge of the Masjid Raya Batam due caught carrying slingshots.

Pt who claims one of the workers in the Tanjunguncang shipbuilding industry said he was not involved in the riots on Thursday.

Another man who was arrested, DE, and based on police records is a provocateur, he denied allegations that he spread the invitation apparatus via mobile short messages to make Batam riot.

DE, PT shipyard workers Nanindah Tanjunguncang, was arrested in the Sincom Panasonic Industrial Area.

"I was standing and did not flee when the officers arresting a swarm of workers," he said.

DE denies called provocateurs or spread incitement via SMS.

"My handphone too ugly. After all if the provocateurs, which may be in the back," he said.

Those arrested include Pt, DE, Rd, NV, Ad, SFR, Hour, Sd, Zl, JW, AS, Ism and AP.

Meanwhile, Police Karimun sends 53 riot-control personnel to assist security in the city of Batam.

"53 personnel had left for Batam this afternoon. They will help security in Batam on request from the Riau Islands Police," said Police Chief Karimun, Ajung Commissioner Benyamin Sapta.

The protests of the workers for two days in Batam has caused substantial losses. Mass anarchist do with the post and ripped and burned a police car.

The masses rallied to demand the enforcement of minimum wage of Rp1,76 million, equal to the number of Batam City needs for decent living.

Some people assessing rallies is the impact of social inequality. Labor determined wage rate has not been sufficient to meet the needs of everyday life.
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